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Soto 40 Fleet Makes Its European Racing Debut
Cascais revealed perfect racing conditions for the debut of the Soto 40 class in Europe delivering 14-20 knots of NW'ly winds, bright sunshine and a moderate swell rolling in from the Atlantic. Just as the weather and sea state were to order for the exciting one new design fleet, so too they were equally ideal for the second day of racing for the TP52's
Spain's Iberdrola Sailing Team fulfilled expectations that the European team who have had their boat longest and trained hardest might prevail, but even though they lead at each mark and won back-to-back races, they were never out of reach and the two Portuguese teams which have only had their boats for a matter of days both had second places and were certainly in contention.
In the 52 Series it was again consistency rather than brilliance which won the day, this time the pair of second places for Audi Azzurra Sailing Team was enough to scale the leaderboard to top the seven boat fleet, one point ahead of Germany's Container.
Over four races there have now been four different winners, as first Bribon and then Quantum Racing both proved the virtue of sharp starting and being able to gain early control of the right, inshore side of the opening beat.
In the Soto 40 fleet second places were shared equally between the home Portuguese crews as Bigamist finished behind Iberdrola in the first race and Francesco Lobato's team on XXII Portuguese Sailing Team secured second in the second contest despite finishing with a rip in the lower sections of their gennaker.
Lorenzo Bressani and Uka Uka Racing Reinforce Their Lead
Corpus Christi, Texas, USA: More windy and overcast conditions prevailed on day four of the 2011 Melges 24 World Championship in Corpus Christi, Texas, with winds peaking at 18 knots during the two race day. For the second day in succession, regatta leader Lorenzo Bressani on ITA 817 Uka Uka Racing turned in a perfect scoreline, winning both races in some style and stepping inexorably closer to retaining the world title that he won last year in Tallinn, Estonia.
With five wins from the eight races sailed so far, Bressani is looking increasingly unstoppable and now leads the regatta by 22 points. Grinding his way back from a poor opening day, Brian Porter on USA 749 Full Throttle turned in a 6,4, scoreline today, which was good enough to move him into second place overall. Alec Cutler on BER 655 hedgehog also had a good day today, finishing fourth in the first race and second in the next race after pushing Bressani hard all the way round the course. Cutler slides up into third tonight, tied on points with Porter and a single point ahead of Kristen Lane on USA 812 Brick House 812 in fourth. Tied on points with Lane is Nathan Wilmot on IRL 607 Embarr who remains in fifth place after an 8,3 performance today. -- Justin Chisholm
Top Five Overall
1. Uka Uka Racing - Lorenzo Bressani, ITA, 9 points
Top Five Corinthian
1. Esprit - Eiichiro Hamazaki, JPN, 7
Racing runs through until Saturday 21 May.
Zhik SB3 World Championships
Blue skies and brilliant sunshine greeted the 103 boat fleet of Laser SB3s on Day 4 of the Zhik SB3 World Championships 2011. Unfortunately the wind was late arriving and the "AP" was raised for over an hour. Eventually, the wind put in an appearance and as the afternoon went on the pressure increased and as forcast, the direction tracked right.
All eyes were on Robert Greenhalgh (GBR) and the crew this morning after their strong performance yesterday. At the first windward mark "Red" rounded towards the middle of the gold fleet, but the crew managed to pick up the wind shift and improve their position to finish the race in third place. The race was won by Irish entry Mel Collins (IRL) and his crew on Sibelus. Sarah Allan was back in action and finished the race second.
The rock star crew on One Design Sailing, Nathan Outteridge, Ian Brown and Tom Slingsby (AUS), have had a difficult Championship and today was no exception. They were called over the line in race two, but didn't hear the Race Committees radio announcement of their bow number. After leading the fleet all the way around the course, they finished first. The news of their "OCS" was a bitter blow for the Australian team. Having finished tenth in race one and fifth in race three, it's fair to say One Design Sailing's performance was back, but their luck is yet to be found.
1. Red, Robert Greenhalgh, GBR, 35 points
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An Exciting Venue For The Growing West Coast Fleet
The Rolex Farr 40 North Americans have been raced every year since 1998, with the exception of 2000. In 2010, the regatta was held in Annapolis, Md., and this year will be the regatta's debut in California, which means it has attracted a large number of teams racing in the Farr 40 West Coast Championship Circuit.
Sailing with the West Coast fleet are new owners Jeff Shew and Bill Durant (Long Beach, Calif.), co-owners of Viva La Vida, which was previously raced (as Goombay Smash) by previous owner William Douglass in the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 in Sydney, Australia. For Durant and Shew this will be their first-ever Farr 40 championship.
Race Village In Full Swing
The Class40s competing in this second edition of the Normandy Channel Race are all now safely alongside in the Bassin Saint Pierre in Caen, northern France. At the heart of the race village is a Race Info stand enabling the more curious visitors to find out all about the Normandy Channel Race and the participants. Finally, those who are lucky enough to have their names drawn out of a lot, after correctly answering 10 questions in the competition, will get a ride aboard the Boedic on this Sunday, which will be a prime spot to see the race start.
The start of the Normandy Channel Race 2011 will take place on Sunday 22 May at 1400 hours local time. The public are invited to the Bassin Saint Pierre from 0930 hours to witness the grand Class 40 parade.
Rebel, Velvet Elvis and Espada Victorious at Vice Admiral's Cup
Friday brought three races in light and shifty winds with lots of fair tide beating and plenty of nip and tuck racing. It was so tight in the Quarter Ton fleet that in the first race of the day 8 boats finished within 45 seconds of each other on corrected time.
On Saturday the wind was up and the fleet made the most of the more exciting conditions to complete three more races.
With the wind cranking from the north-east day three brought plenty of thrills and spills for the final two races of the series. The fleets enjoyed a spectacular final day to put the icing on what had already been a seriously good cake. In Class 0 Rebel and Werewolf spent the day vying for supremacy. In race seven Werewolf got the upper hand with Rebel finishing second and Atomic third. In race eight the tables were turned and it was Rebel who claimed victory with Rebel second and Kolga third. Overall Rebel claimed the premiere podium position with Werewolf second and Atomic third, despite their forced retirement from the final race.
In the J109 fleet Velvet Elvis confirmed her supremacy by taking two bullets while Stalker claimed second in both races. Third place in race four went to David Richards' Jumping Jellyfish and in the final race it was Alex Ohlsson's Jai Ho who filled third place. In the overall standings Velvet Elvis won by three points from Stalker with J Dream in third.
The final day for the Quarter Tonners was a stunner as these classic little boats reveled in the windy conditions. Willi McNeil and Mike Pascall's Illegal Immigrant, sporting a new livery for this season, found their form in the stronger breeze and was the most consistent performer of the day with a second and third. In race seven Alice II won followed by Illegal Immigrant, Graydon Dawson's Diamond, which is sporting a new keel , and Matt Clark and Tony Thackray's Lancelot.
In the Quarter Ton Class, Espada won the regatta with an eight-point margin from Alice II with Odd Job third. Speaking after racing Nick O'Leary, who was sailing on Alice II said "It's the best IRC racing I've experienced. I can't believe how close it all is and I'm really looking forward to the Quarter Ton Cup."
Full Results: www.rcyc.co.uk/Results1
EUROSAF Increases Youth Championship Age Limit to Under 22 Years Old
Now EUROSAF, in conjunction with the Federazione Italiana and the Vela Society Canottieri Marsala and Associazione Match Racing, have taken a step towards changing this by introducing an under 22 Open Youth Match Racing Championship, the first occurrence of which is taking place in Marsala, Sicily, between 21st and 25th September this year.
The event is open to all countries, not just EUROSAF Members and the age limit for competitors is under 22 on 31st December 2011. Twelve Teams will be invited to participate and applications from MNAs, sailing clubs and individual teams wishing to receive an invitation, are now invited. The Notice of Race is published at www.eurosaf.org/1689 The hosts at the Society Canottieri Marsala and Associazione Match Racing have been very generous in their arrangements and the only cost for teams entering the event will be their travel costs to Sicily. There is no entry fee and all food and accommodation for each team and one team manager, will be provided.
The overall winners will become the EUROSAF Match Racing, International Youth Champions and the first European team will become the EUROSAF Match Racing, European Youth Champions. Teams can be mixed, all boys, or all girls.
Solent IRC Series Race 1 - Royal Southampton Clarkson Cup
In classes 1 & 2 there were frequent place changes going up the beats. Once round the windward mark the long winter layoff showed, with at least one boat trying to launch its spinnaker through the pulpit, causing all sorts of problems.
The courses were simple upwind/downwind which suited us very well with our masthead rig and rusty crew who were soon back into short tacking up the beach. With the sun shining and clouds passing overhead, the wind was shifty both in direction (WNW / N and back again) and speed varying from 8 to 18 knots in short order which made for a great day's tactical racing. The racing was close in all classes with just seconds between finishers in many cases. -- Teresa Whelan
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Mini Golfe, 100 single handed milles at La Grande Motte, this week-end
21th and 22th of may, the Yacht Club of La Grande Motte organizes "La Mini Golfe". 100 nautic milles, solo, along the coast of the "Golfe du Lion".
She returns, the Mini Gulf! After a cancellation in March due to weather, the Yacht Club hosts the minis this weekend.
The international, performance clothing company, Helly Hansen, will continue its long association with offshore sailing as the official clothing sponsor of the double-handed, Class40 Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR).
Established in 1877, Helly Hansen maintains a strong connection with offshore sailing as supporters of Sweden's multiple-circumnavigator, Magnus Olsson; the Ericsson Racing Team during the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race and - most recently - French solo sailor, Thomas Coville, during his solo round the world record attempt on the 32 metre maxi-trimaran, Sodebo. The company already has a connection with Class40 following their support of Norwegian yachtsman, Rune Aasberg, winner of the double-handed Class40 division of the 2010 Shetland Round Britain & Ireland Race with co-skipper, Arild Shei, on Solo and continued their relationship with Aasberg during his single-handed Route du Rhum campaign last year.
The British skipper Samantha Davies and her partner, the French sailor Romain Attanasio are looking forward to the birth of their first child, a boy that is due to be born in September. At the age of 36, Sam, who was such a star in the last Vendee Globe, finishing in fourth place, is therefore getting ready to face a very different kind of adventure that will be taking her away from the pontoons for a few months. However, the British sailor, now living in Brittany, fully intends to continue towards her main sporting goals and says she is aiming for the podium in the next Vendee Globe.
With her team she is continuing to look for the backing required to be there at the start of the next Vendee Globe in November 2012. Sam adds with a touch of humour, "I'm fully trained to deal with sleepless nights. It's not going to be that different from aboard the boat (although maybe more tiring!) and I won't have to worry about getting my boots on when I get up in the middle of the night."
Mount Gay Rum will be back to support Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week as the official 'Regatta Rum'.
Mount Gay Eclipse and the premium Extra Old variants will be sampled at a variety of events and functions throughout the Week and the sailor's favourite tipple will also be available in bars, yachts clubs and venues throughout the town. With its official Regatta Rum status, Mount Gay will also be supporting a number of special events and functions including the largest and oldest fleet racing in the regatta, the XOD Class who are celebrating their centenary and Toe in the Water, the event's official charity.
One social function not to be missed will be the infamous Mount Gay Red Cap party on Wednesday 10th August. There will be a chance to gain one of the most cherished mementoes of any regatta - the coveted Mount Gay Red Cap! Tickets will sell out fast and will be available at the Mount Gay Rum Cocktail Bar on Town Quay, Cowes.
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